APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before these rebates,sales, & combo deals expire
BUDGET RANGE: no more than $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, home office, audio/video...all fairly equally)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Plan on using 2 HDs (a 74GB Raptor and a 1TB WD Caviar Black), 2 optical drives, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers from old system. Also have an Thermaltake Tsunami Case and a 500w power supply and Windows XP that I COULD use if I had too....but kind of want to upgrade all that...besides, don't think 500w is very future-proof anymore and would like OS upgrade
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg!! Is there any other?? COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Last build was in 2004 (socket 939) with upgrades in '08. This one will have to last for awhile too so upgrade path is important, so is overclock-ability
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, some; SLI or CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 - 24"
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: You'll notice I currently have a Radeon 5770, I also have a 30GB SSD which I plan to use as my boot drive, with my Raptor holding most of my games and the Caviar Black for storage and everything else. Is this a good plan...or would I be better off forgetting about the SSD and use the money for a different GPU? Eventually I would probably add another 5770 and crossfire with this current config. Also, is the Cosair H50 worth it? I don't really want a huge air cooler, but do want to overclock, which is why I added that on. How's the RAM and PSU look? Both I chose for the good deal and decent reviews. Figure the 775watts should be good for awhile and at that price I can add 4GB more RAM later on.
That is all, any thoughts are appreciated. Here's the build (prices include shipping, rebates, discounts, etc):
Didn't know that about the Raptors, thanks. That build adds some interesting ideas though. The WD Caviar is from Christmas though so I probably can do without that Spinpoint right? Also, in terms of futureproofing as much as possible. Is going for a lesser CPU and Mobo going to cut some life out of the system? Only a $26 difference there so I'm wondering if it's worth it. I imagine the upgrade down the road will be a hexacore if that makes a difference. Also, aren't I better of going with the case and PSU I listed at $120 vs $154? I do like that RAM though.
SO basically you are saying: Leave the Raptor out, don't go with the watercooler or the SSD, stick with Windows XP, and instead get faster RAM and GPU?
No difference btwn 965 and 955 if you overclock. They are the EXACT same Chip, doubt they're even binned separately as I haven't heard of a single 955 that can't hit 3.4 at stock v w/ a multiplier change. You're paying $26 for ATI to change the multiplier off the bat for you.
Spinpoint is on a 500gb platter, the old WD was 250GB platters. There's a pretty big performance difference between the 2. Not essential though.
The Case/PSU deal is actually pretty good. The HAF 922 is a better case, but it's not a big deal.
Missed part about win 7 oops. Definitely upgrade to win 7 64 bit. It's $99 OEM edition. With rebates and the case/psu change it'll put the final cost right at $1k.
The main issue here is that a 5770 simply will not be enough to game at 1920x1080. A 5850 will be enough for most games, but given that you can get a 5870 for $351 ATM, it's worth it.
Aw damn...I see what you mean about the hard drives...I thought I picked out the best one at Christmas Time! Always something faster though! Ok, I'm with you on the 955 instead of the 965, but would you agree I'm better off getting the MSI 890fx board over the 790fx Gigabyte board since the final price is $285 for that combo vs $280? Or the Gigabyte 890fx with the 955 is $315...but it seems like it's just a question of brand name at that point. That might put me over $1k by a little...but it might be doable.
Just for the record in case anybody else is looking into it, I think you can stack that Promo code discount with the combo discount...it shows up in the "cart" screen...although I suppose it could disappear later in the process.
I see what you are saying about the price difference now being worth it now but I'm just thinking down the road if I crossfire the x16,x16 is going to be better than the x8,x8, but admittedly I haven't done much research into what the real difference is there.
Hum ahh, both. Sorry. You don't want a speed boat with a titanic's boat anchor do ya? Both are needed? Just check the simple Windows review on your current PC, the lowest score is always the standard hd, thus you need an ssd. Go cheap on a graphics card, your games will studder, some just won't play right. Get both.